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Durant is a city in Cedarmarker, Muscatinemarker, and Scottmarker counties in the U.S. state of Iowamarker. The population was 1,677 at the 2000 census. The community is named in honor of Thomas C. Durant, one of the pioneers of the Transcontinental Railroad and an individual who contributed the bulk of funds needed to build the town's first public school.

The Scott County portion of Durant is part of the DavenportmarkerMolinemarkerRock Islandmarker, IA-ILmarker Metropolitan Statistical Areamarker, while the Muscatine County portion of the city is part of the Muscatinemarker Micropolitan Statistical Area.


Durant is located at (41.600973, -90.909183) .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.6 km²), all of it land.


Durant is located 2.3 miles (3.68 km) south of Interstate 80, and is within easy driving distance of Muscatine, the Quad Cities, Iowa City, and Cedar Rapids. Quad City International Airport is located 25 miles to the east of Durant providing non-stop flights to many destinations throughout the country.


The Durant Community School District, which is home to the Durant Wildcats, covers Durant and the surrounding rural areas. The school district includes an elementary school, a middle school, and a high school, with nearly all buildings connected and situated on a single campus.


The Wilton-Durant Advocate News is a weekly newspaper that is circulated in the Durant area and surrounding communities. Daily newspapers such as The Muscatine Journal and the Quad-City Times are available in Durant.


As of the census of 2000, there were 1,677 people, 672 households, and 469 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,685.4 people per square mile (647.5/km²). There were 702 housing units at an average density of 705.5/sq mi (271.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.81% White, 0.12% African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 0.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.72% of the population.

There were 672 households out of which 34.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.5% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.2% were non-families. 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.4% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 17.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 88.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $41,681, and the median income for a family was $51,667. Males had a median income of $37,188 versus $22,500 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,399. About 3.8% of families and 5.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.2% of those under age 18 and 13.0% of those age 65 or over.


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